Sunday, November 1, 2009

GR Mountain Bike Park to be Built Near Plaster Creek

location of Plaster Creek mountain bike trail
location of new trail
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The former Southwest Little League park at 580 Kirtland St, SW, Grand Rapids will be transformed to a mountain bike park. The City Commission unanimously approved the plan.

Nate Phelps, president of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, expects that the first skills area will be ready to go before next summer. This section will be about 1.5 miles in length, and is to be located on the former baseball diamond.

In the center of the area is the Helmets-On BMX course, and the new trails will follow the perimeter of the property. Working out the agreements has taken some time. The Michigan Mountain Biking Association wanted to ensure that it will be a public park. This required that the BMX group return their lease to the city

"It's a match made in heaven to have the bicycle motocross people and mountain bikers all at one park," Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation director Jay Steffen said. The West Michigan Chapter of the MMBA will spearhead the development of the trail and the maintenance.

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